Containers for Pollinators

Want to support the bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies but don't have space for a full garden? Try these containers filled with pollinator-friendly plants.

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Bee-Friendly Flowers

Because nectar is what pollinators are really after, this sweet-tasting container packed with blue, pink, and red cornflowers, Spanish lavender, blanket flower, and baby's breath provide a perfect banquet for bees.

See more plants bees love.

Hummingbird Haven

A vibrant mix of salvias and verbenas are sure to lure hummingbirds. Here, Salvia 'Mystic Spires', red and purple verbena (Verbena canadensis), and coral and raspberry autumn sage (Salvia greggii) add a pop of inviting color to the landscape.

Learn more about how to attract hummingbirds to your yard.

Butterfly Banquet

Butterfly favorites such as delphinium, 'Queen Victoria' salvia, red verbena, and coreopsis provide food and respite for fluttering wings. In general, butterflies favor brightly colored flowers in red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and blue. They prefer flowers with "landing pads," such as coreopsis, where they can perch while they eat.

Host with the Most

You can help boost butterfly populations by planting "host" plants to provide food for caterpillars. Herbs like parsley and dill are magnets for many species of egg-laying females. Here, this repurposed galvanized washtub with drainage holes contains (from right to left) flat-leaf parsley, verbena, white coneflower, hibiscus, sedum, curly parsley, and rudbeckia.

 

Don't Forget Dill

Dill is a favorite host plant of the Eastern Black Swallowtail, a butterfly found throughout much of North America. Simple to start from seed, dill pairs well with salvia, dianthus, and calibrachoa.

Create a Whole Habitat

Using the largest container you can find, like this washtub, will allow you to please the most palates. Buddleja, rudbeckia, calibrachoa, ageratum, and aster offer something for everyone in this dramatic display.

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